Job interviews can be an excruciating experience.
Even in the best of times, it’s awkward having to essentially prostrate yourself before people you’ve just met. It’s an exhausting dance of banter, bargaining, flattery and salesmanship—and, sometimes, scrambling to answer really difficult questions.
Regardless of “whether a job interview is conducted in-person or virtually,” preparation is the key, according to FlexJobs’ Career Development Manager Brie Reynolds. She and her coaching team at FlexJobs identified 12 tricky curveball questions you may encounter, along with guidance on how to respond.
1. “What is your current salary?”
FlexJobs notes that several states and localities now prevent companies from asking this question due to pay discrimination concerns, but you know some folks just can’t resist.
If you’d rather not divulge your most recent pay, you can respond thusly:
2. “Why do you want to leave your current position?”